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Guide to the Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2014

Collection number: MC 53

Size: unknown boxes (unknown cu.ft.)

About Donald Hall (1928- )

Donald Hall was born in 1928 in Hamden, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Exeter, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. He taught for 19 years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving in 1975 to the family farm on Eagle Pond in Wilmot, New Hampshire with his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon.

Hall is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including The One Day (1988), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Without (1998),and most recently The Back Chamber (2011), memoirs, including String To Short To Be Saved (1961), The Best Day The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005) and Unpacking The Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008), essay collections, such as the Eagle Pond books Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (1992), children’s books, among them the best-selling Ox-Cart Man (1979), textbooks, and edited collections.

On the death of Jane Kenyon in 1995, he was appointed Poet Laureate of New Hampshire for the second time, having first held the title from 1984-1989. He was Poet Laureate of the United States for 2006-2007. In 2010 Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts by president Barack Obama.

About the Donald Hall Papers [partially processed]

The collection is approximately 400 cubic feet in extent and consists of a prodigious amount of correspondence, manuscripts, published works, recordings, and photographs. Material is consistently still obtained by the University and as such, the collection has never been processed in its entirety. Access is restricted.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is restricted. Permission to view the collection must be obtained in advance. Contact Special Collections staff for information.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2014, MC 53, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple acquisitions, multiple sources, 1977-2014 (many varied accession numbers)

Related Material

Published works in the University of New Hampshire library catalog

Life at Eagle Pond: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall

For an account of Hall’s life in his own words, visit the Peoples Archive.

A recent blog about Hall in his eighties

Donald Hall Wikipedia page